So many almost beautiful kids around us today have their beauty marred by tooth decay and poor dental health. Though healing a broad range of health issues doesn’t always work the same way for everyone, it’s stories like this that give hope that significant health problems, including tooth decay, are not in-surmountable health issues. They also motivate us to strive to adopt nutrient rich diets to improve our overall health.
If you read this story carefully, you will notice that a LCHF kind of diet was instrumental in facilitating healing. This story interview is shared to give hope to those who have kids and loved ones suffering from issues like this. Heather and her family were eating a very good diet when they experienced horrible dental decay in their daughter, but they experienced significant changes and improvements in their daughter’s dental health after making some positive changes. Just goes to show that if you already eat a good diet, but are experiencing dental trouble, perhaps you just need to tweak the already good things you are doing, and make sure you supplement as well. Read on for the story interview and go check out the link below, for pictures showing the extent of the decay and progress witnessed.
Kimi: Can you tell me a little about the food background of your family before you found out your child had dental issues?
Heather: We were eating a very traditional diet: raw milk, lots of butter, organic and pastured meats, local eggs and organic produce. I hadn’t braved organ meats at that point, but I did take them in supplement form. My daughter, Katie, had never even had a processed food when we discovered the decay.
Kimi: And how did you discover her dental problems?
Heather: The first sign of trouble was that her teeth just started crumbling. One day when she was 19 months old I laid her down to change her diaper and realized part of her front tooth was missing. It was there when I dressed her that morning, and then it wasn’t. There was no fall, no trauma . . . I’d been with her the whole time. A friend who is a dentist examined her and said her front teeth were just incredibly weak. To say I was confused is a massive understatement. She had a broad, wide palate and vibrant health in every way. She’d never had an ear infection or taken medications of any kind, so why were her front teeth turning to chalk? I had no idea what I’d done wrong, but it was devastating to watch.
Kimi: What was your plan of action from this point on? What did you change in her diet?
Heather: I ordered Ramiel Nagel’s book, ‘Cure Tooth Decay’, as soon as her tooth broke. We were already eating a 99.99% traditional diet, but I did find some key changes to implement:
No grains (she was 19 months old and had only had sourdough and oatmeal in small amounts, but we cut these out)
Limited fruit and honey (even more than usual)
Fermented cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil every day
lots of shellfish for minerals (bone broth, too, but it wasn’t as well-received)
foods rich in phosphorous
horsetail, a supplement which is rich in silica (I emptied a capsule into smoothies made up of egg yolks, pineapple for flavor, and a little water)
I also started making my own tooth soap and continued researching possible causes for the decay. The answer came in the most unexpected place: my son! He was born tongue-tied, a condition that has become increasingly common over the past few generations. Katie is not tongue tied, but as we explored my son’s condition we realized that both of our kids were lip tied. When a lip tie is present the mouth has trouble clearing milk away from the top four teeth. In Katie it caused the breast fed version of what is commonly called “bottle rot.”
Research has shown that cocaine exposure increases the incidence of tongue ties (ankyloglossia), which is not a factor in my case. However, the fact that some chemicals have already been studied and linked to this defect makes me wonder which ones might that haven’t been studied. I’ve been making my own beauty and cleaning products for years, but before that I used a slew of toxic chemicals. Could this be yet another consequence?
For those who are wondering whether their little one might be tongue/lip tied, research on how to diagnose at home and/or get advice from an expert on ankyloglossia.
Kimi: What was the time frame of this changed diet (that is, how long were you eating this way before you had her teeth checked again?)
Heather: About two years. I saw a ton of improvement initially: two small cavities disappeared and her front tooth seemed to be actually growing back. Over time, though, her incisors became darker and darker brown. When she was three I became so distressed by it that I took her to a holistic dentist to talk about filling options. I was worried that if the decay went to the root it would harm her adult teeth. When we arrived the dentist gave us a pretty grim prognosis, then examined her. As it turns out, Katie’s teeth had completely remineralized!
Apparently, her teeth had healed (and even regrown a bit, it seems) long before. The brown crust was actually old tooth that had been replaced by new enamel underneath. All that was left to do that day was to buff off the crusty old enamel. The dentist wasn’t able to get it off completely because the vibration from the buffer made Katie nervous, but I’m thrilled to say she didn’t need one filling
Kimi: How has the ongoing health of her teeth been?
Heather: It’s been two years and she’s never had any issues since.
Kimi: In closing, what do you think were the most significant changes you made to help her teeth heal? Any advice to those with teeth issues?
Heather: I would say cutting out grains and being consistent with the fermented cod liver oil/butter oil made the most difference. Other than that, the biggest change for me was intentionally preparing a lot of mineral rich foods, like shellfish and broth. It took some time to figure out how to work it into my routine but it was definitely worth it!